|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”
Our Bible verse for today: “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “You have more time than you realize.”
Yesterday we considered the truth that God is self-existent and eternal. This is important in our understanding of who God is and what He is like, so I want to explore it a little further today. To help us understand what it means for God to be eternal, C.S. Lewis once offered a famous illustration. Lewis suggests that we think of a sheet of paper infinitely extended – a pure white field that extends in all directions as far as the eye can see. For the sake of this illustration, that would be eternity.
Then in the middle of that paper draw a short line to represent time. The line representing time begins and ends within the vast expanse of eternity. Time is something God invented for us and it doesn’t apply to Him. Time is the construct within which human history plays out. But God is outside of time. He is not contained in time and He therefore is not restricted by time. He is eternal, and just as eternity exists outside of time, so does God.
Since all of time is part of God’s creation and is contained within the vast expanse of eternity, God sees all of time in a single glance. He sees the beginning, He sees the end, and He sees everything in between. That’s why Peter says that to God a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. It’s all the same to God.
The good news for us though, is that God created us to join Him in eternity. Although we have not existed in eternity past, as human beings we do exist for eternity from the moment of our conception onward. The Bible clearly teaches that God has created us as eternal spirits and that once this mortal life ends, we each go on to spend eternity somewhere – either with God in heaven, or separated from Him and in hell. If you know His Son Jesus as your personal Savior, then you have the promise of eternity in heaven.
This is a crucial understanding. God is eternal, and now we are too. Not in the same way He is, He has always existed and always will. We have not always existed, but now that we do, we will continue to exist for all eternity as well. The only question is where that eternity will be spent.
The promise of eternity in heaven is a future hope for us, but it can also be a great practical help now. The days of our mortal lives are brief, but the days of our eternal existence are endless. In this life we’re prone to get stressed about time and consequently we spend much of life in a hurry. So it would be helpful to remember that this life is not all we have to work with. In reality we are just at the beginning of an eternity with God that stretches out before us endlessly. With that perspective firmly in place, hopefully we can all lighten up and relax a little. You have more time than you realize. Along with God, you have eternity in front of you.